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Southern Pale Ale - Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.

Southern Pale AleSouthern Pale Ale

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%

Brewed by:
Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: Maris Otter, Cara Vienna, Munich Malt, Cara Munich

Hops: Magnum, Cascade, Cascade dry hop

Yeast: Chico No. 2, 1272

(Beer added by: oberon on 08-05-2004)
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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, golden-copper coloring with no real head to speak of. Aromas of buttered biscuits, lemon sweet, cut grass, and subtle pepper notes. Subtle nose overall. Flavors are tart and tangy forward, with a blast of lemon first, followed by an almost astringent mouthfeel, grass and bitter hops backbone, and some errant ethyl notes. This seems like a bit of a mess on the palate. Light bodied that turns to sharp and astringent about mid-drink. The aftertaste has a solid roasted backbone to a very sweet, tart linger on a dry finish. I'm kind of wondering if this was a bad batch...I'm going to have to try it another time and possibly re-assess.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 00:52:34 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of lcplvr


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on the shelf at a local Food City Grocery Store and thought I would give it a try. This beer caught me off guard because I am not overly fond of Pale Ales. But this one has changed my mind. The color and head were impressive. The smell, was interesting and made me think I was about to taste something different from what the usual pale ales have been for me. Then, the taste blew me away. I was floored by how good this ale was . A slight bitterness that leaned toward an IPA but not quite, which was very good as I am a big IPA fan. I finished the one I had and now know when I go back to restock, the Natty Greene Southern Pale Ale will be one of my six packs to bring home.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 19:04:48 | More by lcplvr
Photo of JayQue


3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beer was overall not bad. It was a bit of a gusher though which leads me to believe I didn't experience the best this beer could be.

After the foam explosion settled down, I had a hazy golden beer with a big frothy head. Retention was good and there were broken bands of lacing on the pint glass.

Smell was minimal. Some sweet malt and a little grassy hops.

Taste was ok. A bit sweet, more malty than hoppy.

Mouthfeel was rich enough but not as crisp as most good APAs.

Overall, not a bad beer but there are so many better examples of this style. I may try another one just to see if I had an infected beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:19:55 | More by JayQue
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a clear golden straw with a nice finger of light tan head, ok retention, leaves behind a very spotty thin layer after a couple minutes, fairly thick outer ring, strong lacing.

S - Very grassy sweet, somewhat pilsner-esque, bready mild caramel malts.

T - Quite dry, a nice mix of caramel sweet malts, toasty breadyness, and light grassy hops. Doesnt linger much at all, aftertaste is minimally unpleasant. Decent overall but a pretty uneventful brewski.

M - Light crisp and very refreshing, fantastically drinkable.

O - Solid but somewhat run of the mill/boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:58:15 | More by MacQ32
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper with a white bubbly foam. Aroma of floral hops, citrus, and herb. A bit of caramel like sweetness in the nose as well

In the taste, a straightforward hoppy pale, definite cascade notes with a grapefruit, leafy coarseness. The dry hopping of cascade just adds to the floral, citrusy element. Light toasty malt backing does a good job at balancing a stable bitterness

Overall, this is a good medium bodied ale with a hop bite. I think this an old school pale that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 22:57:47 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Omnium


3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice lighter gold color, 1 finger of fluffy white head, mild lacing.
S - More on the side of sweeter malt in aroma, and the you get some pine, and a nice mix of citrus and hint of tropical fruits.
T - Light caramel malt in front but not for long as it gets a good wave of bitter hop bite with some mango and pineapple. Finishes sweet.
M - Refreshing, and crisp fruit flavor, but still a little sticky sweet.
O - Big thanks to my uncle for bringing this here from NC when he visited last month, first time I had it it wasnt anything special, but now I've come to appreciate it: Its just a solid APA, The aroma could be a bit better, but it makes up with a nice balance of flavor. Refreshing, and good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:57:18 | More by Omnium
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2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed orangey gold. Head is white, super fluffy, with a dense creamy, bubbly head. Solid retention with some spots of lacing.

Smell: Leafy and grassy. Some herbal and citrus. Malts are lightly sweet, pushing some biscuit and caramel malt. Slightly toasted. Slightly earthy. Very mild. Pale malts. Some grapefruit mixed in there.

Taste: Bready and slightly toasted. Hops hit a rather wide spectrum with some earthy, citrus, and even floral notes. Slight grapefruit and caramel malt sweetness. Undercooked bread and a slight lingering bitterness. A bit of hop spiciness. Leafy and grassy at times. Nice clean fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with a medium body and slightly above average carbonation.

Overall: Hey, I can drink this!

It's a straight up, no frills APA. Nothing to write home about, but drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:32:30 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of Mojo


4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

This one pours up a hazy gold with a gargantuan white head that made me initally think I had an infected bottle. Retention is world class and the lacing is some of the most elaborate I've ever seen. The nose is citrus, pine, floral, and biscuit. Taste is very nice. There is a definite grapefruit note with this one along with some maltiness. Not very bitter on the finish though. It would be a great summer beer for those who like an easy drinking pale ale. All in all pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:55:05 | More by Mojo
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4.68/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best beer in North Carolina. If you can find a better pale ale, please let me know but on tap or out of the bottle this beer is unparalleled. It has slowly swept NC by storm and is the #1 selling beer on the Outer Banks. Sit on the beach and drink this one and tell me there is something better. Very crisp, refreshing, not overbearing but just simple. It has hints of citrus or grapefruit that make it leave a great flavor in your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2013 01:00:36 | More by obxchillin
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pleasantly surprised to find this bottle in a Pineville "Food Lion", labelled 12 E262 which tells me nothing as far as age. It may not be super fresh, but a decent beer that I'd buy before many others.

Pours a hazy dark golden colour with amber underpinnings. Decent head and small bubbled carbonation level. An initial hop bloom when the bottle was first opened has faded into a caramelized malt-forward aroma with citrus undertones. Aroma is subtle, but well balanced and pleasant. This malt balance is not as prevalent in the taste, which has more bitterness in the main body than many APA's and a decently astringent finish. The nice grapefruit and citrus in the beginning of the flavour do not transition into the more simplistic "bitter" of that finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:10:21 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy medium golden copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of small white yeast particles in suspension and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops with some lighter notes of earthy malts.

T: Upfront there are some toasted malts with light amounts of caramel sweetness. Following the malts there is a light to moderate amount of citrus/grapefruit hops that give a very light amount of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty easy to drink but not really anything special - it is worth trying but I likely will not be getting any more of it on this visit to NC.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 00:53:14 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a 1" head and some nice lace developed on the glass during the session.

Smell: orange citrus, caramel, and some hop bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, some fruit sweetness, and some earthy tones are most noticeable. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish.

Overall: a good sessionable pale ale. Easy to drink and nicely refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 00:28:38 | More by Gavage
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: The beer is a deep amber color. Poured quite clear although a small amount of sediment remained at the bottom of the bottle. Has a short white head that soon fades to a ring, leaving little lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is complex and malty for style. Features caramel malts and some pale hops and light hops with hints of vanilla, honey, and citrus.

T: The taste has a crisp and spicy/herbal hop component along with a sweet malt base. Overall, mildly bitter by the finish. More malt in the finish and aftertaste than expected. Complex flavor components integrate nicely.

M: Crisp; medium body; medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: A complex and flavorful APA. More malty than average due to the load or assortment of malts; not to any lack of hops. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:45:37 | More by chinchill
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale amber body with a thin bubbly bone white head. Pretty transparent with carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S- Pale toasted malt aroma with a light aroma of piney hops.

T- More malt forward than hop forward. Sweet toasted malt is the main flavor with the hops in the back. Tastes of bread, citrus and yeast.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonation, very smooth.

O- Pretty average, but drinkable APA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 21:45:09 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of TheOriginal

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding Pale Ale by any measure. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, 5.2% ABV. From the labeling codes appears the bottle is 28 days old.

The color is a nice copper and is cloudy, but also clear, sort of a mix. Not sure if this beer is filtered or not. Lacing on the glass is outstanding.

Smell is sweet and piney hops. The taste is hope, but also has the malt "backbone" for balance. Hopefully this review helps.

This is one of the most flavorful and well balanced Pale Ale's I have had. I have been drinking Natty Greene's for years, and the beer just keep getting better everytime I drink one.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:55:29 | More by TheOriginal
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lots of hops, west coast style. Very floral, some pine. Some light malts in the background, pale and maybe some darker (crystal) malt. The combination of aromas smells like marijuana.

Appearance: Deep gold, slight haze. Tons of bubbles rising. Head is just off-white and pours moderately tall. Great retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Strange. Hops are mostly floral. I taste ginger. Some funk as this combines with the malt. There's that illegal plant again. Malt is not prominent, pale and just a touch of crystal. Bready, mild rye.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Chalky. Finishes very dry. Light carbonation.

Overall: I was let down with the flavor, an odd mix. I don't want to taste ginger in this style (or pretty much any style for that matter). Not all bad though.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:06:50 | More by soulfly1492
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Chip's in OBX. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I'm enjoying this pale ale. It's definitely East Coast-hoppy, with a balanced malt character. The hops have a clean, but light floral tangerine juiciness over the crusty bread barley. There's a mild, but sharp bitter finish to lighten the beer. The aroma has more of the perfumey floral hops. Mmmmm. Very pleasant. Give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:44:01 | More by tempest
Photo of PaulfromNoVa


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pub pint. A pretty burnished copper body with a thick head that dissipated rapidly. Nose was relatively nondescript - to the extent that I could detect, vaguely hoppy. On the palate, modestly surpassed the relatively characterless nose: somewhat hoppy, a touch of malty, somewhat caramelly sweetness, a decently full mouthfell, and I'd say an average quaff that'll quench a thirst on a hot day but nothing to mention to beer-loving friends as something particularly worthy of their note.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 18:33:20 | More by PaulfromNoVa
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden color with a 1 finger head. A decent amount of lacing.

Smells of light citrus, grass, and some sweet malt.

Slightly bitter up front with a little spice. Finishes well balanced with the malt.

Decent carbonation, thin to medium mouthfeel.

Overall a pretty decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:58:26 | More by busterwhite
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Yuengling shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, caramel hop, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, metallic, caramel, caramel hop, and skunk hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really went into this one not expecting much, but was somewhat surprised. While this was not one of the best Pale Ales I’ve had, it did have quite a bit going on. I really wish there would have been some more sweetness or fruit in this one rather than the metallic and skunky note I picked up on. Without this going on it could have been a solid brew in my opinion. Worth trying at least once if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 11:42:33 | More by thagr81us
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soft malts and a vibrant citric hop.

The taste consisted of clean malts with a touch of caramel and piney and citric hops.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty hop forward ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 21:53:44 | More by plaid75
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crisp, malty aroma has a note of sour apple. It pours a nice bubbly almost clear amber with a very thick and fluffy white head. The sample I got fizzed like crazy, so open with care! Flavor is quite satisfying, malty with a slightly sour fruity note and an earthy, hop-bitter undertone. Smooth texture has above-average body and a firm, persistent fizz. A truly satisfying and enjoyable ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:26:46 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was time for me to revisit this local offering after looking for some really fresh Dale's Pale Ale and being unable to find it.I bought this on sale at Lowe's. As there is no freshness date, just a code, I suspect it may have been reaching the end of its sell by date. This may have an impact on how it impressed me. (Still no freshness dating - get with the program Natty)

While I have enjoyed Natty's draft offerings (particularly the New Moon Pale Ale) I have not been impressed so far with the bottle offerings. But, this one had some promise if it could be found earlier in the life cycle. Many of the bottle offering have an after taste that is not appealing to me. That was not present here. There is a very mild hop presence - I would appreciate a more robust hop presence than I found here. There is a slight malt aftertaste. (I would now describe this as a more floral, earthy taste. The hop bitterness is still slight.) It pours a dark amber with a two inch head that dissipates quickly (I would now describe this as golden with significant haziness. It had a three finger head when poured into a tulip glass - really nice). There is adequate lacing (this one had significant lacing - again really nice.).

For me, the best part of this ale is that it is made locally. BA seems to promote local offerings and this one is certainly better than what the BMC crowd offers. (I will be getting more of this. I like the lower ABV making this a nice session beer.)

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 12:47:12 | More by JimKal
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a slightly hazy golden amber with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that had great retention and lasting throughout producing thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma was to say the least nice and hoppy of a pine hop, a grain malt and a soapy yeast with nice strong notes of citrus and caramel.

The taste was bold and bitter with a hint of caramel at first then became extremely hoppy with a real nice dose of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted a really long time allowing for full enjoyment of this beyond hoppy brew.

Mouthfeel was just a bit beyond light in body and dry in texture with a nice prickly carbonation.

Overall this Pale Ale is by far one of the better ones out there. If I did not know any better, I would have taken it for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 19:30:10 | More by KajII
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Pours a deep gold color, one finger off-white head, with a decent amount of chunky particulates.

Nose is sweet, biscuity and fruity with a definite citrus and pine hop punch.

Taste is of honey malt with hop presence in the form of pine and dried tropical fruit notes. An interesting light sourness and almost savory characteristic come through in the finish along with a solid hop bitterness.

Moderate carbonation and a full but not perfectly well-rounded body.

Overall a good pale ale - something I would seek out if available in the area!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:19:37 | More by syrupjoe
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Southern Pale Ale from Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co.
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